Pre-dh veto short-list

(60 Posts)
mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 22-Mar-13 20:46:56

Hello all,

I would really appreciate some thoughts before I take my short-list, cap in hand, to DH. If I can get some support for names on there, they are less likely to meet with instant dh veto!

This is dc3 - we have a dd with a v "normal" name (which was much more unusual a decade ago when she was born!), and a ds with a v unusual one.


Francis (I have gone off this quite a lot since the new Pope chose it!)



DH likes Frances, but I have the Pope issue again. Also there is the fact that I am a Southerner living in the Midlands, so I say Frances with a long a, whereas dh, my other kids, and virtually everyone else I know says it with a short a. I think that this would irritate me. It doesn't bother me as much for a boy, as he would be Frankie, at least to us, but a girl would remain Frances, so it would be more of a problem.

Other suggestions welcome, although nothing beginning with A or M please smile

FriggFRIGG Fri 22-Mar-13 20:54:30

I like these best smile


I'm only keen on 1 of your choice of boys names- Joseph and 1 girls name - Greta and even then they wouldn't appear on my own short list...

How about...

For boy


For girl



MortifiedAdams Fri 22-Mar-13 20:58:17

Much prefer Gregor to Gregory. Sory but thats the only boys name.

Girls-wise, like Greta and Tess. Prefer Rita to Vita.

Ill chuck a few suggestion in - Rex and Anouk.

SergeantSnarky Fri 22-Mar-13 20:59:30

the two most out there for me are rufus and vita - quite like them both

pope has put me off francis too gah!

tess is nice
joseph okay

not keen on the others

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 22-Mar-13 21:04:47

Thanks everyone smile

Nomoremarbles, I love Nathan, but was a dh veto last time. Not considering any names beginning with A, as both other children have A names, and I don't really want it to look like I gave them all the same initial on purpose.

Mortified, Rex and Anouk are a bit "out-there" for me. My ds is called Asher, so unusual, but not particularly trendy.

Assajjventress Fri 22-Mar-13 21:05:53

Love Joseph and Gregory from your list

How about

For girls you like Tess and Clarissa and immediately thought Vanessa.
Lovely name nn Ness, Nessa etc

wigglesrock Fri 22-Mar-13 21:15:04

I would stay away from Francis but that is solely because you have no idea of how many John Pauls I went to school with. I like the other boys names. Dominic was on my boys list as was Leo?

I love Tess and Greta - Francesca?

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 22-Mar-13 21:23:29

I really like Dominic. I am fairly sure dh doesn't, which is why it's not on the list, but can try again smile Not over-fond of Dom as an nn though.

I don't like how Francesca sounds - don't like it ending with that harsh "k" sound. Objectively, I should love Vanessa, but it reminds me of Vanessa Feltz, and she irritates me.

Ooo Asher is a lovely and very cool namesmile

<adds to imaginary DC2 short list>grin

I seem to have an abundance of A names on my list


I need to move on to another lettergrin

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 22-Mar-13 21:42:22

NoMoreMarbles, A is an excellent letter smile

As an SEN teacher, I always feel the need to point out that alexia is an aquired inability to read, almost like a word blindness caused by an injury or illness. Probably not many people would actually know that, but I think I would like to know before naming my dd that.

Well I never knew that!smile <scribbles name off metaphorical list>

simplesusan Fri 22-Mar-13 23:40:42

I like Joseph and Clarissa best.

nooka Sat 23-Mar-13 05:39:12

I like Gregory and Francis (aka Frank/Frankie). Although the new pope might lead to a resurgence I guess.

I don't really like any of your girls name choices I'm afraid.

Eskino Sat 23-Mar-13 05:54:35

Joseph - really nice. Plus Joe is one of the best names for a boy IMO.
Rufus - Adorable

Tess - strong, love it.
Vita - again a name for a strong independent spirit

The others I'm not so keen on

Timetoask Sat 23-Mar-13 06:22:54

Joseph and Tess

gertrudestein Sat 23-Mar-13 10:24:52

^^ what she said!

thegreylady Sat 23-Mar-13 13:17:34

I only like Tess and Faith of the girls' names.
All the boys' names are fine although Rufus isn't a favoutite-dare I say a bit 'doggy'?

CarriMarie Sat 23-Mar-13 13:48:17

Gregory Joseph & Greta Faith.

TheSecondComing Sat 23-Mar-13 13:55:50

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mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 14:56:24

Clara is a bit rhymey with our surname. Forgot to say middle names will be family names: Elisabeth for a girl and probably William or Francis (if not used for a fn obv!) for a boy.

Littlecherublegs Sat 23-Mar-13 15:38:25

Like all your boys names apart from Francis.
Dislike all your girls names apart from Clarissa.

Other suggestions:
Hugo, Christian, Rafa, Sebastian, Joel, Oscar

Juliet , Bridget, Opal, Lucille, Celia, Faye

IroningBoredDaily Sat 23-Mar-13 16:11:38

What is ur dd's name?

I like Greta from your girl's list.

fussychica Sat 23-Mar-13 16:17:41

Hate Gregory - you know it will be Greg.
Try Luca, Nathan, Adam, Nathan

May ,Mae, Alice, Freya

Hassled Sat 23-Mar-13 16:20:16

Joseph or Tess.

Jonah or Blythe?

Miles or Marissa?

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 16:42:53

DD is Ava, which is everywhere now, but was not in 2003 smile

I love Joel. DH doesn't sad Also really like Celia, thank you for the suggestion. Have always like Cecelia too. M names really don't work with our surname. Alice is lovely, but yet another A name smile

I know that Gregory would be Greg, just as Asher is often shortened to Ash, but that's ok as I like the shortening.

DH suggested Bernadette this morning, but I think that is a bit much for a small child to carry off, although I do quite like the sound of it.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sat 23-Mar-13 16:52:33

What about Odette, if you like bernardette?


Love, love Asher.

Asher and Gregory the best.
None of the girls' names are doing it for me tbh - none of them anywhere near as good as Asher.

Asher and Hermione
Asher and Adela
Asher and Susannah
Asher and Melissa
Asher and Yolanda
Asher and Naomi

Or Cecily.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 18:31:43

Remus, already have a ds called Asher smile Much as I love the name, I think it might be a bit much to call another child by the same name ;)

I like Naomi a lot.

No, I know. That's why you need another great name to go with it!

I have a Naomi and she would have been Laurence Asher, had she been ds!

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Mar-13 18:39:10

Gregory is a but Popey too!

Otherwise, Rufus and Tess.

MyNameIsSuz Sat 23-Mar-13 18:43:33

I like them all, but if you like Frank or frankie but aren't keen on Francis, can I suggest Franklin? Otherwise Rufus has my vote, or Greta.

I would ditch Popey names -- there will be a rush of them over the next year or two. But Franklin is a good option if you are aiming for Frankie. I think all your other names are good (BTW I know a small Dominic who shortens to Nic).

DontmindifIdo Sat 23-Mar-13 18:53:31

If Francis is a family name the you give your DH the short list saying "here are some names I like, although I'd like to name him after my Grandad/dad/uncle etc Francis" Stress the "naming after family" don't mention the pope in it. (Plus as it's a very 'catholic' name now, it's unlikely Will & Kate will pick it, you know whatever they pick will be the top of the name list)

I love the name Faith.

TheSecondComing Sat 23-Mar-13 19:07:41

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mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 19:14:53

I see Remus smile It is tough act to follow. I love Laurence, but teach absolutely loads of them (am secondary in a rural area, seems v popular in farming families). Still love it, but ALL of them are shortened to Loz, which I do not love!

Francis is the name of dh's Grandpa, who will be the baby's only great-grandparent (the others had 5 when they were born!). William was my Grandad. That would be my first choice, but a friend bagsied it years ago sad Not so keen on Franklin - I seem to recall an irritating cartoon turtle with that name?

I know that Gregory is Popey - that's why DH doesn't like it. Also he went to a school called St Gregory's, which I don't think he has particularly fond memories of. I just really like the sound of it. To be fair I'm not sure I'd want to name my child after my school, although mine was called Wildground, which is a pretty cool name for a boy! ;)

DH says he would only go with Tess as an nn for Teresa, as he doesn't think it's a proper name on its own. Gutted, as I don't really like Teresa.

We considered Tess for dd1, but it didn't go with dp's surname. We also liked Rowan and Bartholomew for boys and Maeve, Hester and Marianne for girls.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 19:27:33

I think we have very similar taste smile We call Ava Mave or Mavis smile I love Rowan, although slightly prefer it for a girl I think, but our surname begins with M, so names that end in N don't work well with it. I love Esther but was a dh veto on my original list for Ava. I am surprised our kids have names at all: my top two were Isadora and Delilah, and his were Michelle and Lorraine grin

Isadora is lovely (I have an Isobel!). Can't say Michelle or Lorraine are doing ti for me though!

Do you like Isolde or maybe Ishbel?

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 19:37:37

No, Michelle and Lorraine are not to my taste. Isobel is a lovely name, but I went to school with one who bullied me, which has tainted it for me. Isolde is pretty, but my Dad would not be able to say it. Ishbel sounds a bit too much like someone sneezing. As you can see, part of our problem is that we are both extremely fussy!


TheSecondComing Sat 23-Mar-13 20:59:54

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I love francis and frances with or without pope.

I have the opposite problem, I'm the one with the short vowel and we live in the south. if you teach them it works either way it'll be fine.
I love virtue names: faith is beautiful.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 21:20:24

LOL TheSecondComing, that has tickled me! What are your other dc called if it's not outing you too much?

Love Marianne and also Miranda, but just not sure about alliterative names. Harriet is also an all time favourite, but is already in the family. Elsa is too close to my name, but is much prettier!

TheSecondComing Sat 23-Mar-13 21:24:51

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IroningBoredDaily Sat 23-Mar-13 21:26:15

I love Naomi.

Ava, Asher & Naomi
Ava, Asher & Nina
Ava, Asher & Eliza
Ava, Asher & Esme

Ava, Asher & Ethan
Ava, Asher & Jude
Ava, Asher & Noah

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 23-Mar-13 21:31:46

Lovely names smile I really like Seamus, I remember thinking Shay Given had a wonderful name when I was a football fan in my teens. However, I would be a bit unsure of using it with no Irish heritage on either side. John and Patrick have been ruined for me by teaching.

The other girl names you've suggested are all lovely, but not quite "the one". Apart from Rosa which I absolutely love. Am going to hope DH has forgotten he rejected it once before and sneakily add it back on to the list.

Ironing, Naomi and Nina are right up my street. Not so keen on Eliza or Esme.

As for boys, Ethan and Noah are really nice, but just don't quite do it for me. I wanted to call Ava Jude if she'd been a boy but was a bit fat no from him indoors. I've since gone off it a bit.

BeeBopDingALing Sat 23-Mar-13 22:08:06

Like them all except Gregory (geeky weedy 70/80's name) and Rufus (it's a dogs name)

mathanxiety Sat 23-Mar-13 22:44:03

Gregory, Michelle, Lorraine and Bernadette, and Teresa instead of Tess on the BC, are truly 70s-tastic Irish - did your H grow up in Ireland or in an Irish community?

From the names on your list, I would choose Tess, Greta or Vita for a girl, and Joseph or Francis for a boy.

From names you have mentioned downthread, I love Alice, Celia and Cecelia, Naomi and Rosa, Dominic and Seamus.

Would you consider


ElegantSufficiency Sat 23-Mar-13 23:10:55

I like Gregory, Dominic and Leo. Francis is OK too. Popes' names are good names.

Greta and Rachel are lovely.

mathanxiety Sun 24-Mar-13 02:09:30

Leo is a lovely name.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sun 24-Mar-13 06:38:38

Leo is a lovely name, but is my bf's son's name so not on the list.

Math, he grew up in Northampton! Although he did go to Catholic schools with lots of kids of Irish origin.

From your lists, having already ruled out A and M names, I like Isaac and Rachel. Isaac was nearly DS's name, but it's really popular here though, there are 3 in his class. Jonah is more popular than Joseph, and not as nice imo.

notimefors Sun 24-Mar-13 06:59:28

My favourites from your list are Gregory, Greta, and Vita.

themammy73 Sun 24-Mar-13 18:23:36

I have a Tessa nn Tess. Would your DH go for that? If you like Tessa of course! smile

I know a Tess who's short for Tessa - would that appease your DH?

How about Verity?

X-post Mammy sorry!

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 25-Mar-13 08:05:20

Tiddly and Mammy,I did suggest this, and he pulled a face. I have a few months to work on him though...

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